Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia

Adam Lerner


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     7.75 × 12.0 in (19.7 × 30.5 cm)
240 pages
300 color illustrations
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616892623

Mr. Mothersbaugh works in virtually every form and medium, and his work has always been unified and singular (perhaps a result of the simple fact that it all comes from the same exotic and densely populated alien planet: his brain). For forty years, he has set about creating a body of work that amounts to his own Magic Kingdom. ---Wes Anderson

Mark Mothersbaugh is a legendary figure for fans of both street art and music culture. Cofounder of the seminal New Wave band Devo, he was a prolific visual artist before the band s inception, moving seamlessly between multiple mediums and creating bold, cartoonish, strangely disturbed works of pop surrealism that playfully explore the relationship between technology and individuality. In the most comprehensive presentation of his work to date, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia features a lifetime of his creative inventions from the beginning of his artistic career in the 1970s to his most recent work, including early postcards, screen prints, decals, and Devo ephemera as well as later paintings, photographs (such as the celebrated Beautiful Mutants series), sculpture, and rugs. Accompanied by a major six-city traveling exhibition, this richly illustrated catalog positions Mothersbaugh as a pivotal figure in the history of both contemporary art and indie culture.
  • Includes a foreword by Wes Anderson, for whom Mark Mothersbaugh has scored numerous films, including The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and Rushmore
  • Accompanies a major six-city traveling retrospective ending in 2017. Host institutions include the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, The Contemporary Austin, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Grey Gallery and The Drawing Center in New York City.
  • Mothersbaugh has written the music for many popular films (The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) and television series. He also hosts a regular drawing segment on the hit children s program Yo Gabba Gabba!
  • Features an extensive interview with the artist as well as essays by street artist Shepard Fairey, writer and art dealer Steven Wolf, and punk scholars Maria Elena Buszek and Cary Levine

Adam Lerner is the director and chief animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Editorial Reviews

Maxim magazine:

"Myopia features a career's worth of paintings, photos, and sculpture, and rightly positions Mark Mothersbaugh as a central figure of contemporary pop surrealism."

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